Great nightlife is part of being a world-class resort! Zermatt après ski and nightlife has a lot to offer to suit all tastes.
Zermatt Après ski
There are many places to be from 5pm onwards: The Hennustall, at the foot of the run back to the village from Furi, has a live band on most days, as well as a DJ and outdoor and indoor dancing. The bar has a generous array of dangerous shots and other concoctions: try their Vodka Feige for example – the Hennustall offers a unique atmosphere with very friendly staff and management. If you are in a group, try the ski shots. The ultimate Zermatt après ski venue!
Zermatt après ski wins the World Snow Awards in the category ‘best après ski’, soundly beating St Anton, Ischgl and Meribel among many others.
The Papperla, back in the village, on the corner opposite the Hotel Julen is the main Zermatt après ski party bar. It is a heaving and exciting apres-ski bar with a great feel managed by fun-but-dangerous bar staff… Between 5pm and 7pm you will find crowds spilling onto the street. It is very much the place to be and also serves warm bar snacks if you feel you are starting to fade… It often has live bands which add to the atmosphere.
Close to the Sunnega Express, the Snowboat has also emerged as a popular Zermatt apres ski venue, with live music and exciting cocktails, which moves into restaurant mode at night. Small and stylish.
Further up the road closer to the centre Harry’s Ski bar is gathering up the crowds. Opened by Harry’s son Fabi, a lovely converted Mazot with a great vibe on the busy outside terrace. Close to the bridge where the Le Mazot restaurant and Biner Bakery are.
Over on the Sunnegga – Rothorn mountain, the Blue Lounge at Blauherd has live music during the day. The Champagne Bar on the trail back to the village remains a good location for on-slope entertainment in the afternoon with the popular Cervo Bar at the end of the run down at the village.
Zermatt Bars and Clubs
Zermatt nightlife round-up: Zermatt’s night-scene offers a world of variety ranging from the thriving Cuckoo club (trendy and happening with excellent cocktails) to the eclectic collection of bars and clubs of the legendary Hotel Post, with the stylish Papa Caesar’s lounge bar, the Pink live music bar with world class R&B bands which change every week, or the infamous Broken discotheque with the barrel that must be danced upon.
Gee’s, probably the most popular spot in town. It’s a brasserie during the day, and the après-ski bar in the main street, under Grampi’s and opposite the hotel Post. Live music every evening and night.
Cuckoo Club, under Gee’s, this is a sushi bar before it turns into a smart and chic night-club, where those over 25 can go to dance to non-house music. The MX directors have already become regulars.
The Vernissage (opposite the ice rink/tennis courts, close to the Migros supermarket) is a bar, club, art gallery and the nicest cinema we have ever seen! The bar is open every day and has a regular clubbing night on Fridays and Saturdays. It is a work of art in itself and is extremely warm and cosy with a fireplace, in Heinz Julen’s unique post-modern Alpine style.
Elsie’s Bar in the church square is quaint, cosy and historical; with a lovely atmosphere. Often busy, there is a quieter room upstairs, where you can have dinner too.
The Hotel Post is an Aladdin’s cave of different entertainment venues, with 4 restaurants and 5 bars and clubs. The Brown Cow at street level is an all day café / bar, always lively. Papa Caesar’s, open from 16:00, is a stylish lounge bar with leather sofas, great selection of creative and classic cocktails, wines beers and a cigar humidifer. Close your eyes and you could well be in Havana! The Pink features live blues/jazz/soul bands Wed-Sunday from 22:00 on, and they change every week. Seriously good music! The Broken Club with its dancing barrel is a legend. Finally the Loft Club, the only club in Zermatt for people over 25 years. The best mix of the 80ies, 90ies and todays chart music ensures a filled dance floor and a cheerful party mood.
The Alex Lounge in the hotel of the same name (Alpine kitsch and smart décor for the somewhat older mellow set).
Note that the legal drinking age in Switzerland is 16 for beer and wine, 18 for spirits. You must be 18 to enter a night-club.
There are many other institutions making Zermatt nightlife special, such as Sparky’s, the North Wall and Cable Car (seasonaire’s hang-outs). There is something for everyone to enjoy a great night out in Zermatt!
The Vernissage (as mentioned above) is the nicest cinema we have ever seen! It’s worth going to a film there for the experience of the place, which is also a bar with a log fire and an art gallery. Films are usually shown in English: look for: ‘E d/f’ on the programme, which means English with Deutsch (German) and French subtitles. Avoid the ones with a big (D) for Deutsch next to the title, unless your German is fluent. It is wise to book. You can book a ciné-dinner where your courses are served on trays at your seats while you watch the film.